Rainer Assails Abramovic Over Planned MOCA Gala-as-Artwork

Yvonne Rainer.

Choreographer Yvonne Rainer has written a letter to Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles director Jeffrey Deitch, slamming his museum’s Marina Abramovic-organized gala, which is scheduled to occur tomorrow evening, as a “grotesque spectacle promises to be truly embarrassing.” The letter, which critic Claudia La Rocco has published in full on her blog, is co-signed by choreographer Taisha Paggett and art historian Douglas Crimp.

Update: 2 p.m.: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Ms. Rainer said last night that she had not decided whether to send the letter, so it is not clear if the circulating letter is a final draft. Ms. Rainer has not been available for comment. Read More


The Daily News: David Wojnarowicz Video ‘Another Unholy Controversy at Brooklyn Museum’

A still from "A Fire in My Belly" by (Courtesy the artist and P.P.O.W. Gallery)

“Hide/Seek,” the exhibition focused on sexual difference in American portraiture that aroused anger from some (mostly right-wing) politicians when it debuted at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C. last year, does not open at the Brooklyn Museum until Nov. 18. The Daily News, however, is not wasting any time in trying to stir up controversy over the inclusion of the late New York artist David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in the Belly (1986-87) video. Read More